Google I/O 2023: What’s New in Google Workspace?

Google I/O 2023: What’s New in Google Workspace?

News by Roberto OrosaRoberto Orosa
Published: May 11, 2023

Google I/O 2023 revealed a slate of new products and services for the tech giant, including AI-powered upgrades that it’s bringing into Google Workspace. 

First in the lineup is Gmail’s new “Help Me Write” feature, which helps users compose AI-generated professional emails with simple prompts. 

By shortening the process, Help Me Write for Google Docs could be a game-changer for professionals in the email marketing industry, or even just regular Gmail users.  

“Let’s say you got this email that your flight was canceled. The airline has sent a voucher, but what you really want is a full refund. You could reply and use Help Me Write. Just type in the prompt of what you want, and email to ask for a full refund, hit create, and a full draft appears,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained in the live demo.  

The new AI tool can also pull details from previous emails. “It looks pretty close to what you want to send,” Pichai explained, as the AI-composed email included the user’s flight details from an existing email. 

Maps Integrates 3D View 

When plotting a destination in Maps, users will be able to see their whole trips in advance with the new “Immersive View for Routes” feature.  

From the CEO’s example, it seems the feature lets users zoom in on their routes to get a “full bird’s eye view” of their entire travel.  

Immersive View for Routes also gives more accurate readings of the traffic and weather in certain locations, helping users adjust and time their travels accordingly.    

The new tool is slated to roll out over the summer and cover 15 cities including New York, London, Tokyo, and San Francisco.  

Google Photos Introduces ‘Magic Editor’ 

Google Photos is introducing a new AI-powered tool that helps users manipulate their photos with minimal effort.  

With “Magic Editor,” users can click and drag certain image subjects and relocate them into other places within the photo.  

“Magic Editor automatically recreates parts of the bench and balloon that were not captured in the original shot,” Pichai explained as he tested the tool.  

The new AI editor also allows users to click on the background of an image and adjust its lighting and colors to give it a natural and consistent look.  

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‘Help Me Write’ for Google Docs and Sheets 

Moving onto the suite’s productivity-centered apps, Google Docs will also utilize the Help Me Write feature present in Gmail.  

Users just have to write a prompt for the AI tool to start generating text.  

In the I/O 2023, the sample prompt given to the AI tool was “Senior level job description for textile designer.” After Docs had taken that prompt and sent it to the Palm 2-based model, it was able to generate a LinkedIn-ready job listing complete with a summary, a list of responsibilities, qualifications, benefits, and more.  

“With just seven words, the model came back with a good starting point written out really nicely for me,” Aparna Pappu, Google VP of Engineering shared.  

When it comes to Google Sheets, Help Me Write can create organized tables according to the user’s needs.  

After writing a prompt, users just have to click “Create” for the new AI tool to generate a fully fleshed sheet complete with potentially important details.  

“The model figured out what you might need, the generator table has things like the dog’s name, client info, notes, and more,” she added.  

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